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Universal background checks bill is dead; gun bill talks had bogged down the House for most of day

House Democrats’ search for 50 votes to pass a bill requiring universal background checks for gun buyers has died. That’s according to a Twitter post a few minutes ago from Democratic Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma.

Efforts to get a deal  on House Bill 1588 tied up the House for at least eight hours Tuesday, bringing the Democrat-controlled chamber to a halt one day before bill cutoff. Democratic Rep. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle led efforts to get more than the 47 votes he’d reported having on Monday, and one approach would have sent  the question to voters in November.

Pedersen later confirmed

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Abortion rights supporters applaud maverick Sen. Rodney Tom

The state Democratic Party may be gunning for Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom for joining up with Senate Republicans to form a conservative coalition that

controls the Washington  Senate this year. But advocates at a reproductive rights rally on the Capitol steps today gave Tom and Republican Sen. Steve Litzow of Mercer Island a big hand today as each took a turn with Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee to speak.

Tom thanked the crowd of about 250 activists and said, “That’s why I’m down here making sure my 17-year-old daughter has the kind of protections that we need in Washington state and

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